Data literacy now a must-have skill for humanitarians

Women receiving training on digital literacy and financial literacy from a telecenter in Peru. Photo by: Jack Gordon for USAID / Digital Development Communications / CC BY

ALICANTE, Spain — Data literacy is a skill all humanitarian workers need, and organizations must provide access to adequate data education to safeguard the rights of the people they serve, according to data experts speaking at an International Committee of the Red Cross event on the topic earlier this week.

“Data protection and privacy is not just a task of the data protection officer or team; it’s something embedded into an entire organization, which means nobody can be left outside this training,” Cosimo Monda, director of the Maastricht European Centre on Privacy and Cybersecurity, said on a panel.

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